Job Posting: Washington Nationals R&D and Major League Ops Internships

2023 Intern, Baseball Research & Development (R&D)

Location: Washington, DC

Summary:
The Washington Nationals are seeking multiple interns to join our Baseball Research & Development team for the 2023 season. As an intern, you’ll work on developing and applying your data science skills to baseball, performing research on baseball questions under the close mentorship of a team member of Baseball R&D. You’ll likely work on one project at a time, with plenty of time for model exploration and personal development. You’ll have the opportunity to work in a collaborative baseball front office daily at the stadium, watching baseball and engaging regularly with more senior members of our baseball operations group.

Internships are a key way for us to find future full-time members of our department, with many of our senior department members beginning as interns. While a pathway to a full-time position is not assured, many of our former interns have found full-time opportunities with the Nationals or other MLB clubs. While internships ideally span from Opening Day to November 1st, we’re open to candidates that may not be available for this entire period.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Use R to build statistical models to answer a primary baseball research question under the direction of a Baseball R&D team member
  • Communicate findings through written reports, presentations, and informal conversations
  • Design and build informative data visualizations for use in automated reports or internal web applications

Requirements:
Education and Experience Requirements

  • Experience analyzing datasets and training statistical models using R, Python, or equivalent
  • Has or is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from a four-year college or university, preferably in Data Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related field
  • Willingness to relocate to Washington, DC
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary to perform essential functions

  • Ability to complete statistical modeling projects
  • Ability to listen and incorporate feedback
  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills related to programming, statistical modeling, and data visualization
  • Passion for baseball and desire to work in baseball operations
  • Working knowledge of sabermetrics and modern quantitative baseball evaluation concepts
  • Uphold Core Values: Excellence, Performance, and Accountability. These core values ​​set the tone in everything we do, help us succeed on and off the field, make a difference in the community and provide the best guest experience in sports. It is important that the person in the position commits themselves to these core values ​​so that we can constantly move forward in the same direction – Together.

Physical/Environmental Requirements

  • Office: Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work. Occasional long hours may be required during draft, trade deadline, or postseason.
  • Interns can attend all home games but are not required to.

To Apply:
To apply, please follow this link.

2023 Intern, Major League Operations

Location: Washington, DC

Summary:
Contribute to Washington Nationals Baseball Operations for the 2023 season as one of our highly valued interns. We’re looking for accomplished individuals who can contribute to our front office by specializing in work related to Major League Operations. This internship is for the 2023 season and typically spans from Opening Day to November 1st. We will also consider candidates available after completion of the spring semester.

The Major League Operations internship includes assisting the Baseball Operations Department with day-to-day assignments, along with long-term projects centered on roster management, salary arbitration, transactions, and the economics of baseball. A degree in economics, statistics, computer science or mathematics is preferred, and it is expected that the candidate will be able to demonstrate an interest and understanding of both publicly available sabermetrics research and the economics of baseball. Experience in finance or consulting is valued, as well as baseball/softball playing experience at the collegiate or professional level.

The Nationals are a military-friendly organization actively recruiting veterans and spouses.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage recurring tasks such as updating depth charts, maintaining tracking sheets, and disseminating daily reports
  • Ad hoc data analysis projects
  • Review of new research from various external analytical sources
  • Assist with major baseball events such as the trade deadline, the amateur draft, and salary arbitration
  • Support with general office administration
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Economics, Statistics, Computer Science, or Mathematics preferred
  • Experience in Finance or Consulting preferred
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • College or professional baseball/softball playing experience preferred
  • Available for the entire term of the Internship
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary to perform essential functions:

  • Highly motivated and excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated passion for baseball and baseball operations
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to write clearly and effectively
  • Ability to use time efficiently
  • Proficient in MS Office applications such as Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Uphold Core Values: Excellence, Performance, and Accountability. These core values ​​set the tone in everything we do, help us succeed on and off the field, make a difference in the community and provide the best guest experience in sports. It is important that the person in the position commits themselves to these core values ​​so that we can constantly move forward in the same direction—together.

Physical/Environmental Requirements

  • Office: Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

To Apply:
To apply, please follow this link.

All applicants for employment at the Washington Nationals are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to produce proof of vaccination status prior to their first day of employment. Applicants with qualifying disabilities or bona fide religious objections may be exempted from this requirement or otherwise accommodated if they are unable to be vaccinated.

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